Written answers

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Invalid Vehicles: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Class 3 mobility scooters have been registered for road use in London in each of the last three years.

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the future funding of Bikeability.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2014 to Question 208974, whether cost benefit ratios are conducted for any Highways Agency schemes in the...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on increasing capacity across the Great Western rail franchise.

  • Home Office

    • Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she proposes to take to improve the efficiency of the process of returning passports to applicants within the UK.

    • Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were detained at border points of entry for (a) having a false passport, (b) having incorrect visa authorisation and (c) any...

      Illegal Immigrants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants have been identified in (a) London and (b) Greenwich under Operation Skybreaker to date.

      Illegal Immigrants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what criteria it was decided to deploy Operation Skybreaker in Brent, Ealing, Greenwich, Newham and Tower Hamlets; and if she will...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what average length of time it currently takes for documentation necessary to return home to be issued to an illegal immigrant found in the...

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how funding under the Channel programme is allocated to local authorities and police forces.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been deprived of their British Citizenship under subsection (2) of section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981...

      Police: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2014 to Question 207071, for what reasons the correct agencies for exchanging information relevant to...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of (a) the outcomes and (b) the cost-effectiveness of the National Ugly Mugs Scheme.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding her Department has allocated for campaigns to promote awareness of human trafficking in the 2014-15 financial year; how...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce a new protective order to place a positive obligation on stalkers.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has in place to monitor and evaluate the success of the Government's Alcohol Strategy published in 2012.

      Internet: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to ensure that the public is properly informed of how to ensure the safety and security of their personal...

      Terrorism: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) shotgun certificate holders and (b) firearms licence holders have been (i) charged and (ii) convicted of offences under...

      Terrorism: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate her Department has made of the numbers of shotgun certificate or firearms licence holders who (a) are at risk of...

      Egmont Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, through what secure means financial intelligence units of Egmont Group members exchange information; and how that means of exchange differs...

      Schengen Agreement: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 September 2014, to Question 207060, whether UK police would be able to avoid arresting persons pursuant to an...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese government concerning the treatment of protestors in Hong Kong.

    • Islamic State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the threat of Islamic State in (a) the Maldives and (b) other countries outside Iraq and Syria.

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • New Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many start-up loans have been granted, and how much money has been loaned through that scheme, in (a) Barnsley East...

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what UK arms sales and of what value there were to (a) Libya, (b) Sudan, (c) Somalia, (d) Argentina, (e) Columbia, (f) Zimbabwe,...

      Business: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to increase the level of access to credit for businesses in Stafford constituency in the...

      Business: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses in Stafford constituency.

      Business: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has (a) commissioned or (b) conducted research on the effects on a business's competitiveness of building...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people who accessed a traineeship in the last 12 months have progressed to an accredited apprenticeship.

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to ensure that teacher training funded by her Department promotes the inclusion of children with disabilities...

  • Department for Education

    • Balaam Wood Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the application for Priority School Building Programme funding by Balaam Wood Academy; and what phase of...

    • Classroom Assistants: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that teaching assistants in schools have the correct qualifications.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that secondary education provides children with adequate skills for working life.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the promotion of sexual education for Key Stage 3 pupils.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of students that completed further education in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England went on to (i)...

      Kings Science Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the Free School application for Kings Science Academy in Bradford.

      Children and Families Act 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the take-up of the local offer as contained in the Children and Families Act 2014; and if she will make a...

      Schools: Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress she has made on securing a deal with a defibrillator supplier to facilitate the roll-out of defibrillators to schools.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Human Trafficking: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been convicted for offences related to human trafficking since January 2013.

    • Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisoners were working in industrial activity in each public sector prison in England and Wales in each year since 2010-11.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many youth custodial sentences have been awarded for drug offences in the last five years; and how many of those sentences are for (a) primary...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many maximum custodial sentences were awarded for class (a) A, (b) B and (c) C drugs in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons staff of what grades are currently performing detached duty at establishments other than the one at which they are employed.

      Housing Benefit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals have been made against the application of the shared accommodation rate; and how many of those appeals have been successful.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many families of victims of driving offences his Department has met and consulted during its review of driving offences.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK plans to (a) bid to fill any of the nine gender adviser positions that are part of the Afghanistan Operation Resolute Support Force...

    • Armed Forces: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on disclosure to the press of armed forces personnel locations; and if he will make a statement.

      Navy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a copy of the Maritime Support and Delivery Framework in the Library.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where his Department's primary vehicle storage and distribution site is for all types of (a) military equipment, (b) Royal Engineering bridging, (c)...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement of Duke class frigates is by (a) rank and (b) specialisation.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement of the Daring class destroyers is by (a) rank and (b) specialisation.

      Intelligence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 24 November 1993, Official Report, column 52W, on security services, how much expenditure by the security and...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library details of his Department's land release programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned crew complement of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier is by (a) rank and (b) specialisation.

      Minesweepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the crew complement of the Hunt class minehunters is by (a) rank and (b) specialisation.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long each claimant has waited for the review and completion of a compensation claim under the War Pension and the Armed Forces Compensation System...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that the 750 troops to be deployed to Sierra Leone have adequate training to minimise the risk of exposure...

      Navy: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of BR3 - Naval Personnel Management.

      Armed Forces: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of Joint Service Publication 755.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of uprating the military compensation of injured veterans by whichever is the higher of earnings,...

      Veterans: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of guaranteeing veterans with mental health problems evidence-based treatment provided by practitioners...

      Veterans: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of including spouses and early service leavers in the resettlement support provided by the Careers...

      Veterans: Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of ensuring that (a) all veterans with service-related hearing problems are able to have their...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list his Department's category D defence projects.

      Navy: US Coast Guard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding on US coast guard sailors serving on Royal Navy warships signed by the US...

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the order of battle is of the Commando Brigade.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on using telephone lines for which there is a charge for the Department's customer service lines or helplines.

    • Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department plans to take to respond to the European Commission's new Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the jobseeker's allowance claimant count has been sanctioned in each month from October 2012 to date.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Landfill: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the removal of the derogations in the EU Landfill Directive will deliver the Best Overall Environmental Outcome; and...

    • Bees: Beetles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Irish government to prevent the spread of the beehive beetle.

      Landfill: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which existing derogations in the EU Landfill Directive the UK applies.

      Landfill: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which derogations in the EU Landfill Directive the Government is planning to remove from application in the UK.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the capacity of the Grocery Code Adjudicator to extend the scope of its remit to relations...

      Fisheries: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to prevent the North Devon fishing industry being subject to a ban on the landing of ray.

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the statement of 6 February 2013, Official Report, column 15WS, on irresponsible dog ownership, what...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the effectiveness of a programme of cattle movement controls and badger...

      Rivers: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent plastic contaminants in UK river basins from reaching the sea.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of funds allocated in each region under the European Regional Development Fund have been returned as a result...

    • Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech of 15 August 2011 calling for a family test to be applied to all domestic policy,...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with what strategic housing allocations priorities local communities must comply.

      Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential for planning to increase active and sustainable travel to improve the well-being...

      Mobile Homes: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will review the 10 per cent commission payable on the sale of a mobile or park home to the site owner under the Mobile...

      Orion Land and Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish any correspondence his Department has had with Orion on the Shepherd Bush Market development scheme and the...

  • Wales Office

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the effects of the Scottish referendum result on government policy on further devolution for Wales.

  • HM Treasury

    • Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of adults in the UK aged (a) 21 to 64 years old and (b) 65 years and over pay income tax; and how many in each such group pay...

    • Financial Services: Cayman Islands

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the evidential basis of the decision by the Financial Conduct Authority to list the Cayman Islands as a high-risk...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect of his Department's proposed changes to the definition of qualifying materials for the lower rate of landfill tax on...

      Economic Policy: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive regarding his long-term economic plan.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what further plans he has to protect vulnerable groups while tackling the deficit.

      Business: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what further steps he plans to take to encourage banks to lend money to small and medium-sized businesses.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to decrease the price of fuel throughout the UK.

      Employment

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase opportunities for full-time employment across the UK.

      Business: Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assistance the Government provides to enable a person to remain in a home against which a bank loan for a business has been secured when they have...

      Debt Collection

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will require HM Revenue and Customs to pause debt recovery action when a case has been accepted for investigation by the Adjudicator's Office and is...

      Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on Northern Ireland of the operation of the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

      Loans

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing real-time credit checking for lenders.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 September 2014 to Questions 208670, 208671, 208672 and 208673, what assessment he has made of HM Revenue and Customs'...

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what amount has been paid in compensation or remediation for subsidence related to mineshafts and shaft collapse on (a) private and...

    • Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many visits were made by Ministers of his Department to Torbay constituency in the 12 months to 14 October 2014; whom the...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many of the smart meters thus far installed in UK homes comply with the most recent recommended standards; how many will need to...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she anticipates that the National Crime Agency will be full operational in Northern Ireland.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the BBC Trust on its role in monitoring accusations of bias by the BBC in its reporting of events in...

    • World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made on refurbishment projects and national events first announced by the Government in 2012 to mark...

      Writers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what statistics his Department holds on trends in the number of people who work full time as writers; and if he will take steps to...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department had with the Football Association on the changes to the Owners and Directors Test introduced on 1...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Training

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, how many House of Commons staff have been supported by the House to gain nationally...

  • Department of Health

    • Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the sale of the Bexsero form of meningococcal group B vaccine to GlaxoSmithKline on (a) his...

    • NHS: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the commercialisation of intellectual property in the NHS since 2010.

      Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions (a) he or (b) officials in his Department have had on reinvesting the industry rebate payments under the current Pharmaceutical Price...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on sharing good practice concerning the treatment of people diagnosed with diabetes.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost is of treating a patient in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northern Ireland.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on waiting lists for talking therapies.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to ensure that NHS bursaries are funded for the full degree course; and if he will make a statement.

      Huntington's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Huntingdon's Disease Association on the care of people with Huntingdon's disease.

      Transvaginal Mesh Implants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review his policy on polypropylene transvaginal mesh implants in response to recent court judgements in the US.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that obese and overweight patients receive expert advice on weight loss and weight management as early as possible.

      Obesity and Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take steps to ensure that healthcare practitioners routinely check obese patients for signs of osteoarthritis.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department provides for businesses and organisations conducting research into the benefits of natural products in cancer therapy and...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to protect the future of local breast network groups should his Department's proposal for discontinuing the National Cancer...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of providing free prescriptions to people with diabetes in (a) England and (b) Havering in 2013-14.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of children aged between five and 18 are classified as obese in (a) England and (b) Havering.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the commissioning by government departments of services from organisations which advise that gender abortion is not illegal; and if...

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on Ebola screening at airports.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has held with the devolved administrations on the standard of care provided for dementia patients across the UK.

      NHS England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of compulsory redundancy payments for staff in NHS England was for each year from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been paid to Virgin Care to run the North Chelmsford NHS Healthcare Centre in Sainsburys in Springfield, Chelmsford in each year since it opened.

      Veterans: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people who registered as visually impaired who were veterans of the armed forces in each of the last three...

  • Women and Equalities

  • House of Lords

    • Academies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be used to assess proposals by academy chains planning to outsource all non-teaching posts to profit-making providers.

    • Class Sizes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average size of primary school classes in (1) the United Kingdom, (2) the South West of England, and (3) Bristol, in every month since May 2010.

      Coastal Areas: Regeneration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the success of their 2010 “Strategy for seaside success”; and whether they have further proposals in this field.

      Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the advice they have received in response to the requirement set by Article 15 of the Council of Europe Convention on the...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors caused the reduced collection rate of Council Tax in England in 2013–14. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average...

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the impact of the levying of council tax on low income households, both on local authorities in collecting such charges and...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 8 July (HL745) and 28 July (HL1102), and in the light of representations made about the names...

      EU Countries

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British nationals they estimate to live in each member state of the European Union.

      Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP, on 26 June (HC Deb, 278W), what progress has been made by the...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the external funding of ISIL; and what discussions have been held with the governments of (1) Saudi Arabia, and (2) Qatar, on...

      Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they first became aware of the development and growth of ISIL in Syria before its incursion into Iraq.

      Japanese Knotweed: Swansea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about Japanese knotweed and other invasive weeds in old industrial areas near Swansea; whether they have received representations...

      Mesothelioma: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims for compensation have so far been generated under the terms of the Mesothelioma Act 2014; how that number compares with predicted numbers of...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each year since 2007–8, what were the total (1) planned, and (2) actual, usage hours for (a) the C-17 Globemaster, (b) the C-130K Hercules, (c) the...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will review its programme for evaluating highly specialised technologies.

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the rising numbers of child abuse allegations.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the International Court of Justice has ruled on the claim by Turkey that Israel’s partial blockade of Gaza constitutes illegal collective...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the prison sentence given to Riyadh Mahmoud al-Raddad, a member of the Palestinian...

      Regional Schools Commissioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the formal relationship between Regional School Commissioners and Ofsted; and how information will be shared between the two.

      Sahel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the threat posed by Islamists across the Sahel.

      School Leaving

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the notice and information given to schools, academies, and sixth-form and further education colleges on the need to...

      School Leaving

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Ofsted survey Transforming 16 to 19 Education and Training (September 2014), in particular its statement on the absence of...

      Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long the information technology system used by the Department for Work and Pensions to calculate welfare benefits will be able to process claims from...

      Sports: Betting

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken the review recommended in the Parry Report of the Sports Betting Integrity Panel concerning the definition of cheating in the...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to give headteachers and schools greater autonomy over teachers' pay and to allow them to reward, recruit, and...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to boost teacher training applications, particularly in subjects with known shortages, in the light of a shortfall in applications...

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